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By Adriana Ruiz
Felix M. Grieder is running for the District 9 board of trustees position at the encouragement of colleagues because he believes in serving the community.
Grieder said although he never attended a community college, one of his sons attended Northeast Lakeview College for two years.
He has a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a master’s degree in government from Southern Illinois University and a master’s in national security policy from he U.S. Naval Academy.
Grieder is a former director of USO San Antonio.
“I was excited when I was approached about running for this position,” Grieder said.
Grieder is familiar with issues that concern students such as adding EDUC 1300, Learning Framework, to the college core and the instructional materials strategy for standardizing textbooks in electronic form.
Grieder said it is important to keep the students’ first and to re-evaluate the costs for implementing a new course such as EDUC 1300.
“The cost seems to be very high, and I don’t know whether it is the best use of our students’ time. Also it appears to me that something like that could be done as part of an orientation or a trial system for a short period of time and would not require a semester-long course,” Grieder said.
Grieder believes students should have access to technology, but implementing the instructional materials proposal should also be re-evaluated.
“I think it’s good to have that in certain course work and certainly we want our students to be advanced in technology and computer software,” Grieder said. “We should probably re-evaluate which courses would benefit from that and which courses would not.”
Textbooks should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, he said.
Grieder said it is important to prioritize student services such as library services, equipment access and access to courses students need to be successful.
He also wants to review administrative salaries.
“Administrative salaries should be reviewed, and I would say that I am not familiar with the details of where these salaries have gone, but certainly they should be reviewed and subject to evaluation.”
In regard to adding a student trustee, Grieder said the position is a good idea and the nine-member board should take into consideration what the nonvoting student trustee has to say.
“It’s a good thing as long as the student, he or she, is given a voice and allowed to present his or her opinions and insights.
“All the trustees and board should listen with an open mind, open ears and hear what the student has to say and consider that in the decision-making,” Greider said.